My Kitchen

My Kitchen and Pantry

I think I run a fairly minimal kitchen.  But I do love my gadgets.  And I love the convenience of ordering groceries from Amazon. Below are the tools I use in my kitchen as well as the ingredients I usually order from Amazon.  If you use the links to purchase items from Amazon, it will help support my family and me with no additional cost to you. And if you have a "must-have" item you don't see here, I'd love to know what it is!

Favorite Cookbooks

 Ready or Not!

I pre-ordered this and got a couple of free downloads!  Expect a full-review after I receive this in August.


Ninja Blender System

My blender is no longer sold (I bought it at Costco), but this is as close as I could find to the one I have.  I actually have two containers and blades, a tall one and a half-size.  My favorite feature is that the blending blades go up through the container, so you don't have to keep shoving down whatever is being blending.  It works well and has me wondering why every blender isn't designed this way.

Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer

I actually have a stand mixer as well, but I plan to resell it when I get back the U.S.A.  I tried some attachments to replace my food processor, but honestly couldn't figure them out well enough.  And I don't care for the counter-top foot print of such a large machine.  A hand mixer is good enough for mixing up the occasional bread or baked item and for whipping egg whites and cream.  Yes, it takes a bit more supervision, but I don't need that function so often that is worth a square foot of my counter.


Kitchen Aid 13-Cup Food Processor

I don't actually have this one yet, but I know I need a new food processor when I get back stateside, and this is the one I selected.  I left a dying one behind and my blender/processor combo machine here has taught me not to cut corners with kitchen electronics.  I use my food processor (or did when I had one that had enough power and blades that didn't crack) daily to cut down on the amount of time I spend in the kitchen. I love it for grating and slicing, and I'm hoping to find one powerful enough to make nut butter.

Cuisinart Immersion Blender

This tool is the best for pureeing soups and making mayonnaise. And I think it's worth the cupboard space (high praise from me) just for those two functions.


Other Tools

Lodge Cast Iron

I have three cast-iron pans: a 12-inch, 10-inch, and 6-inch.  It is not at all uncommon for me to use all three at once, especially on pancake mornings.

Stainless Steel Pots

Aside from my cast iron skillets and dutch oven, the only pans I have are the 365+ pots from IKEA.  I wanted stainless steel pots, and these were much more economical that some of the big brands out there. I've had them for over a year now and have not had any issues with them.

Dutch Oven

This was a gift several years ago, and I was thrilled to receive it.  I probably wouldn't have spent this much on myself, but I know that this pan will be good my entire life and likely be part of a starter set of pots and pans for some descendant, along with my Lodge skillets.



I think many people have more knives than they need. I only ever used a few, so when I decided to buy high quality knives to replace the cheaper ones I received as wedding gifts, I made sure to buy only the ones I needed.  I purchase the J.A. Henckel's "S" series knives, but I didn't buy them as a 10-piece set.  I have a 4-inch paring knife, a 5-inch serrated knife (good for tomatoes and bread), Santokus (which I personally prefer to chef's knives)  in 5 and 7-inches, and 4 steak knives.

Oxo Can Opener

I've had this opener for years and it is still going strong.  I went through a couple of cheap can openers before finding this one and it was worth the upgrade.

AccuSharp Knife Sharpener

I sharpen my knives about once per month using this quick little gadget and it makes a world of difference!  It is so much easier AND SAFER to use a sharp knife because it allows you to use less force and stay in control of the knife.

Oxo Fat Separator

This is SO helpful in separating fat from bone broth and skimming out the alliums.

Pure Acres Farm Cheesecloth

I use this mostly for making broth, but occasionally for nut milk and I'm started to experiment with fermenting.

Pantry Staples

Coconut Oil

Coconut Milk

Coconut Aminos

Fish Sauce

Frontier Spice Blends

I love these spice blends and I keep adding more to my pantry.  My current staples are Garam Masala, Tandoori, Berebere, and Five Spice.  But I'd like to try the Cajun, Ras El Hanout, and Harisa.  If you can get them as an add-on, they really aren't too expensive either.

Wish List

I have a couple of items on my wishlist that I am waiting to get.  I just don't want to buy too many 220v appliances only to find I'm living in a 110v world in a year or so.  I'm dying for an Instant Pot for years.  I actually gave one to my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas because I think it looks amazing.  I don't have a 110v slow cooker anymore, so this will be a replacement and so much more.  After waiting for so long, I want the top of the line.

I will also be in the market for an espresso machine.  We are coffee lovers and drinkers, and this isn't a priority, but we've talked about it for years.  Does anyone have one that they especially recommend? We don't need it to be super fancy, and you can probably guess that I love a small footprint.

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